As we roll into the middle part of July, we can almost taste the football season. Later this week, Big Ten Media Days will take place in Chicago. While that’ll take up a little bit of time from Ryan Day, the Ohio State Buckeyes are in a good place on the recruiting trail. Currently, the Bucks are No. 4 in the 247sports class rankings for 2020, and there may be even more additions to the class before the end of summer.
Over the weekend, they got some good news (and potentially some bad news) on the recruiting front. Let’s start with the good.
A big accolade
Ohio is a talent rich state. That talent was flexed once again over the weekend as kicker Jake Seibert was named to the Polynesian Bowl.
One of the top K/Ps in the nation has been selected.— Polynesian Bowl (@polynesiabowl) July 12, 2019
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Seibert comes out of La Salle (Cincinnati) and is considered by 247sports to be the No. 2 kicker in the 2020 cycle. Back in June, Seibert committed to the Buckeyes over the likes of Michigan State and UCLA.
Seibert won’t be the lone member representing the Bucks. The 2020 edition features two other current OSU commits, Paris Johnson Jr. and Gee Scott.
In the Urban Meyer era, the punting unit featured a couple phenomenal kickers. Cameron Johnston—and his rugby style boot of the ball—pinned offensives. Just last year, Drue Chrisman showed his ability to make spectcaular punts (and water bottle flips). Will Seibert become the next great special teams member for OSU? Time will tell, but being selected for an event like the Polynesian Bowl is never a bad sign.
The Polynesian Bowl is one of the marquee spots for a high school prospect to end up in. Some notable alumni of the event include Tua Tagovailoa and Dylan McCaffrey, both of which were in the 2017 edition. If you want to see a glimpse of what the future holds for college football, you can catch the 2020 Polynesian Bowl on the CBS Sports Network on Jan. 18, 2020.
Four-star defensive tackle Vernon Broughton (Houston / Cy Ridge) was once thought to be an Ohio State target. Things appeared to have shifted, as the 247sports crystal ball is leaning heavy on the home state Texas Longhorns.
Broughton visited OSU on June 14, burning an official visit in the process. A week later, though, he utilized another official visit to see Texas A&M.
In the very near future, he’ll make his college announcement known. As signs point to either the Longhorns or the Aggies, Broughton looks to be staying close to home for his college years.
Things aren’t all that bad for Day and the Buckeyes. Four-star Darrion Henry is already in the ‘20 class as the lone DT.